Cody Rhodes Shakes Hands With Randy Orton, Davenport Vignette, PAC Beats Romero | WWE SD x AEW Recap

Here is your fight size update for WWE Friday Night SmackDown and AEW Rampage on Friday, May 24, 2024.

WWE SmackDown

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- Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes shook hands with Randy Orton backstage.

- Blair Davenport hyped up her looming arrival on WWE SmackDown.

- Nia Jax defeated Bianca Belair in the semi-finals of the Queen of the Ring tournament. Lyra Valkyria appeared in the crowd.

- Nia Jax sent a message to Lyra Valkyria.

- Randy Orton faced Tama Tonga in the semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament. Gunther was shown in the crowd.

- Kevin Owens returned, as he saved Randy Orton when Solo Sikoa attacked him.

- A QR code led to more clues.

- Backstage, Bianca Belair commented on her loss. Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae interrupted and mocked her. Jade Cargill arrived and confronted the duo. WWE announced that Hartwell and LeRae would challenge Belair and Cargill for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship at WWE King and Queen of the Ring.

- Paul Heyman noted that Tonga Loa was absent because he was not allowed into Saudi Arabia because of his background. Sikoa said that he was in charge until Roman Reigns returned.

- AJ Styles met with Nick Aldis and asked him for a shot at the world title. Aldis told him to earn it, but Styles said he didn’t have time.

- Grayson Waller and Austin Theory hosted The Grayson Waller Effect, and Carmelo Hayes interrupted. He hyped himself up and insulted veterans like Bobby Lashley. Hayes called LA Knight an egomaniac. Waller, Hayes, and Theory talked some trash, and LA Knight interrupted. He responded to Hayes. Hayes attacked him from behind, and the Street Profits made the save.

- LA Knight and the Street Profits faced Carmelo Hayes, Austin Theory, and Grayson Waller. Ford hit the Frog Splash for the win.

- Undisputed WWE Champion Cody Rhodes came to the ring, and WWE United States Champion Logan Paul interrupted him. Paul said he was a better athlete, performer, and entertainer than Rhodes. Cody called Paul a scared kid who was cosplaying as a wrestler. Paul denied the accusation that he had another set of brass knuckles. Rhodes asked a referee to check Paul, and the official discovered that he had another set of brass knuckles. Paul said that he did not need brass knuckles to beat Rhodes. Cody said that he believed that Paul was a WWE Superstar, but he would never be on his level until he started treating the business with respect.

- WWE Women’s Champion Bayley ran into Nia Jax, who noted that she was coming for the title. Bayley then faced Chelsea Green and picked up the win. Piper Niven blindsided Bayley and left the champion lying.

- In an interview, the Street Profits celebrated their win. DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) interrupted and said they would go through them if they had to.

- A vignette highlighted Andrade.

- Gunther said he had to beat a legend to become a legend, and that's what he intended to do when he faced Randy Orton.

- Piper Niven teasing her interest in facing Bayley.

- Lyra Valkyria expressed her confidence ahead of her match with Nia Jax.

Click here to catch up on our coverage of the May 24 episode of WWE SmackDown. For a full review, check out the post-show podcast on our YouTube channel.

AEW Rampage

- PAC defeated Rocky Romero. After the match, PAC celebrated with Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo.

- PAC then sent a message to The Bang Bang Gang and hyped up the Lucha Bros.

- RUSH defeated Isiah Kassidy.

- Brian Cage and the Gates of Agony (Bishop Kaun and Toa Liona) commented on the end of their alliance with Swerve Strickland. Cage challenged The Acclaimed and Daddy Ass to a match.

- Katsuyori Shibata interrupted Chris Jericho and brawled with Big Bill. HOOK blindsided Jericho, and they brawled into the crowd.

- HOOK vowed to regain the AEW FTW Championship. Samoa Joe got in HOOK’s face and criticized him and Shibata for making the same mistakes. Shibata said that he was going to see Carrot Top.

- Samoa Joe scored a dominant win against Dom Kubrick.

- Deonna Purrazzo discussed her feud with Thunder Rosa. She challenged her to a match at AEW Double or Nothing.

- TBS Champion Willow Nightingale and Kris Statlander defeated Anna Jay and Alex Windsor.

- Mercedes Mone stood tall after a brawl with Willow Nightingale.

Click here to catch up on our coverage of the May 24 episode of AEW Rampage.

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